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An approach to lipedema: a literature review of current knowledge of an underestimated health problem


Lipedema, which has been known as an adipose tissue disorder characterized by abnormal fat deposition, mostly affects women. This condition can easily be ruled out regarding its diagnosis because it is commonly misdiagnosed as obesity. True diagnosing and optimal management of lipedema show a great importance. As patients suffer from lipedema, not only experiencing physical symptoms such as tenderness or a feeling of heaviness but also psychological symptoms such as anxiety, they cause negative influences on quality of life of a person with lipedema. This paper tries to review all aspects of lipedema from diagnosis to management and assessment options.

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Tuğral, A., Bakar, Y. An approach to lipedema: a literature review of current knowledge of an underestimated health problem. Eur J Plast Surg 42, 549–558 (2019).

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  • Lipedema
  • Lymphedema
  • Body weight
  • Obesity